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Replacing Seat Filters $$$$

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by Bill #5 Explorer, February 24, 2012.

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  1. Bill #5 Explorer

    Bill #5 Explorer Well-Known Member

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    A different dealership (where I actually bought it) quoted me about $15-20 for total labor and each filter is about $41. So, a total of about $100 seems more reasonable. Still, I'll wait for another 30,000 miles before I address again.
     
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  3. deewan

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    You are correct sir, the seats use the fans when both heating and cooling. I've dealt with these filters on an Expedition, and they are not that difficult to change. The link to the manual in the post above shows exactly what to do. It’s an easy DIY.

    If you drive normally with the windows up and do not live in a dusty area, the filters won't need to be changed very often. If you live on a gravel road and/or often drive with the windows down, change them every 30K miles.
     
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    I am just over 30,000 miles and was advised to have my seat filters changed (I don't have a/c seats), transmission fluid changed, and radiator fluid changed to the tune of $700. I drive about 22,000 miles per year but they are not rough miles. Seems like the fluid change is excessive.
     
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    Wow... I know its getting harder to work on the newer models, but I'm still hoping for a Haynes or Chilton manual to do basic to intermediate stuff.
     
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    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    If you drive on unpaved roads and/or in dusty conditions, then 30,000 miles is recommended for the transmission fluid change.
    Otherwise, the recommended intervals for the transmission fluid change is 150k miles and the coolant is 100k miles or 72 months and then every 50k miles or 36 months thereafter.
    As for the seat filter, I believe it is also used for heating, not just cooling.

    Peter
     
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    Living in SE Texas I use the seat heater about 2 times a year! I had the service done, but wish I would have waited till 60K to do it.
     
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    No, no, and no. You are being ripped off. Modern coolant is good for at least 100K. Transmission, normally I would do at 60K - 70K. If you don't have cooled seats, you don't have filters. Whoever this dealer is, RUN AWAY.
     
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    Only if you have cooled seats. If you just have the standard heated only seats, there are no filters in the seats.
     
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    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Thanks for clearing that up. I wasn't sure.

    Peter
     
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    Follow your manual, it clearly states what and when you should have service. Anything earlier is dealer profit. Run...
     
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    Does Napa or anyone else make one that we can use instead?
     
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    That's the problem - there are different levels of maintenance depending on your driving habits, so there is some "discretion" involved.

    I now realize I probably didn't need it so I will kindly skip their offer at 60K.
     
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    One of my filters fell off and I can say that paying $40 for one or two of them is a serious rip-off! Some plastic and a piece of filter material. As the filter is not cleaning the air for breathing, only to keep the fan clean, I would suggest taking a vacuum to the filter before paying $0 for replacement(s).
     
  15. Bill #5 Explorer

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    I'm at about 57,000 miles now. Still have not changed the seat filters. My truck will be 2 years old in February. In the next month or so, I plan to have the trans fluid, coolant, air & cabin filters changed, and an alignment. Getting new tires (Bridgestone Alenza's) next week.
     
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    Has any company started making replacement filter other than Ford.
    $20+ each is a bit much for what it is.
    I think I'm going to pull mine out an vacuum them out, but I'm at 30,000+ and summer is coming up and I like my cooled seats.
     
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    I'm almost at 110,000 miles. Still haven't changed the seat filters. The cooled seats are still working fine. I'll recheck again in the summer months.
     
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    Go to
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    Seriously. Could not be easier, and $200 for labor is a TOTAL RIP OFF. Seats do not have to taken out, or pulled apart. I would suggest you have a word or two with that service supervisor.

    ADDENDUM: definitely have a word with that advisor with maybe a Louisville Slugger. I removed the filter, vacuumed it out and reinstalled it in under 2 minutes, while wearing a bathrobe ! Put the seats all the way forward and all the way up, and the filters are RIGHT THERE. I live in Arizona and we definitely use the seat cooling for the last 2.5 years. The filters were still near new condition. That type of blatant BS from service is insulting.

    I read on another forum they are like HEPA filters, and can be vacumed clean, and re-used for a cycle or two, just do NOT get them wet.

    I have a 2012 Limited, and it has turned out to be a far better car than I thought it would be. Extremely satisfied. I had an X5 for 5 years before this.

    Believe nothing, google everything, then listen to your gut and use common sense.
     
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    Seat Filters OMG $$$$

    Does anyone know of a reasonable place to purchase the climate seat filters?
    I have a 2013 Ford Explorer. Thank you for your response!
     
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    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Welcome to the Forum.:wavey:
    I used the Forum's handy 'Search' feature to find this existing thread and merged yours with it. Also, although it shouldn't make a difference in responding to this post of yours, it would be very useful if you added the 'trim' level (Base, XLT, etc) to your profile so it always appears in the margin. Thanks.

    Peter
     
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    Interesting, the 2016 Manual says this:

    Climate Controlled Seat Air Filter Replacement
    Your vehicle is equipped with lifetime air filters that are integrated with the seats. Regular maintenance or replacement is not required.
     

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